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In honour of International Women’s Day on March 8th, Groundwood Publicist Cindy Ma chose her favourite books for girls!

In honour of International Women’s Day, I wanted to talk about children’s books that feature female characters because it’s important to have female experiences represented in its multitudes, and how all these experiences are equally valid. The impossible terror that permeates the lives of the characters in Elise Moser’s Lily and Taylor is just as important as the journey of self-discovery in Mariko and Jillian Tamaki’s Skim; the entrepreneurial spirit of the protagonist in Nadia L. Hohn and Irene Luxbacher’s Malaika’s Costume is just as significant as the courage of Parvana in Deborah Ellis’ The Breadwinner series. I think it’s imperative that one can read books about female characters and realize that there will always be a spectrum of personalities and experiences, and all of them matter so much. Here are three of those books:

NAPTIME

Naptime is a fun picture book with lovely illustrations, charming dialogue, and a fantastic protagonist: she’s assertive and brave, while maintaining fearlessness and a sense of humour. She may only be a toddler, but all of us could stand to be a little bit more like her!

JANE, THE FOX, AND ME

Growing up can be hard, as explored in the story of the unforgettable Hélène and her loneliness (because, let’s face it: we’ve all been there). There’s also something magical about going through the journey with her and finding out that everything will (probably) be okay, as we all strive to find the foxes and Géraldines in our own lives. This is a truly stunning graphic novel about one girl’s quest to belong. 

 I DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE

Where was this book when I was a teenager?! This is a short and gorgeous YA novel about fifteen year old Charlotte, as she makes her own decisions and mistakes, and learns to take responsibility for her actions. Charlotte is curious, open-minded, and independent, with a strong sense of empathy and the courage to be her own person. I Don’t Live Here Anymore is an unconventional story about first love, featuring a female character that isn’t afraid to defy expectations.


Enter for a chance to win Cindy’s top 3 picks for girls, including:

  1. NAPTIME written by Iris De Moüy
  2. JANE, THE FOX AND ME, written by Fanny Britt & illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault
  3. I DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE, written by Gabi Kreslehner

Fill out the form below to enter. Contest closes March 15th. A winner will be randomly chosen.

Behind the scenes of a picture book translation

When we came across the beautiful picture book À La Sieste! (Naptime!) by Iris de Moüy, we knew we had to bring it to an English audience. But there are lots of things that go into making a picture book that the average reader might not think about. In the case of Naptime!, all the text in the book was hand-lettered to match the illustrations. We knew that to make the English translation as beautiful as the French version, we had to hand-letter our text too.

Groundwood Art Director Michael Solomon was up to the task. He let us document the process, and gave us some insight into his thoughts. Have a look!


 

About to attempt the English lettering for our edition of Iris de Moüy's Naptime. The text will print as a greyscale layer in the final production and I wanted to match the dark and light tones of the original as much as possible (it's not a solid black). I assumed I would need to use a transparent coloured ink or watercolour, but I couldn't find any that were dark enough or that pooled the pigment in the right way. Finally I settled on this Windsor and Newton India: less black than Pelikan but strong enough in the heavy strokes and then yielding a nice grey when the brush runs dry or the pressure is less. Perfection! (The ink, not me).

I’m about to attempt the English lettering for our edition of Iris de Moüy’s Naptime!. The text will print as a greyscale layer in the final production, and I wanted to match the dark and light tones of the original as much as possible (it’s not a solid black). I assumed I would need to use a transparent coloured ink or watercolour, but I couldn’t find any that were dark enough or that pooled the pigment in the right way. Finally I settled on this Windsor and Newton India: less black than Pelikan but strong enough in the heavy strokes and then yielding a nice grey when the brush runs dry or the pressure is less. Perfection! (The ink, not me).

The original. Ours will be a conventional jacketed trade picture book, not a board book. But it will print in these 4 yummy spot inks.

The original. Ours will be a conventional jacketed picture book, not a board book. But it will print in these four yummy spot inks.

I am going to need complete silence.

I am going to need complete silence.

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The weapon of choice.

Silence, I say! Mmmm... Smooth white card stock...

Silence, I say! Mmmm… smooth white card stock…

Oh, yeah!

Oh, yeah!

I'm lying. I want to have a nap. Right now.

I’m lying. I want to have a nap. Right now.

Excess feathering and other irregularities: Photoshop will see to that!

Excess feathering and other irregularities: Photoshop will see to that!

Destination: page 5

Destination: page 5

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And the final result!

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